Fatal two-vehicle crash in Perth County
(Scott Miller / CTV London)
OPP have identified the man killed in a two-vehicle crash in Perth County, northeast of Exeter, late Monday morning.
One person died after the collision around 11:30 a.m. on Perth Line 20, west of Union Line and the community of Russeldale.
Officials say a westbound transport truck collided head on with an eastbound minivan after the minivan crossed into the westbound lane.
The driver of the minivan, 34-year-old Barry Allen Edwards of South Huron, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 58-year-old driver of the truck was treated in hospital after being extricated from his transport by local fire crews.
The crash caused the fuel tanks on the transport to rupture and detach, causing a fuel spill on the road and in the north ditch, and the Ministry of the Environment was called in to ensure the spill was contained.
Although poor weather conditions were reported in the area at the time, including light blowing snow, police say the roadway had been plowed and treated.
Perth Line 20 was expected to remain closed between Line 12 and Town Line Road until late Monday night as the investigation continues and to allow for removal of the vehicles.
Busy weekend for crashes
The winter weather had OPP responding to numerous crashes over the weekend across the region.
In Perthy County alone, OPP responded to 31 collisions from Friday night to Monday morning.
There were numerous fog-related crashes as well as many motorists who left the roadway in snowy and icy conditions. Fortunately there were no injuries.
Meanwhile in Chatham-Kent, OPP responded to 22 crashes on Sunday, the vast majority along Highway 401.